The AVS Series (S5, S4 and S3) along with the AVS A4 all share the same plastic case that contains the Immobiliser relays. For a security system to be effective then it is vital to have an Immobiliser case that is difficult to locate and open.
All the AVS models meet with NZSA 3 star standards or above depending on which model, but as I have pointed out in the past NZSA standards for Immobilisers are so lame that they don’t count for much in the real world!
Given that having a NZSA rating does not give any guarantee to the quality of the Immobiliser the first thing to look at is how easy it is to get past.
How secure is the Immobiliser Housing of the AVS?
The AVS case is held together with two plastic clips. There are no security screws to speak of and the case clips can simply be flipped open with a flat blade screw driver. So the attack time is 10 seconds max! But don’t just take me word for it, the video below backs this up.
Sorry for the shaky video, but I needed both hands to open the case!
Once inside the Immobiliser points are fairly obvious and easy to bridge. It must be noted that on the S Series there is a 3rd Immobiliser cut which is in the large white plug which is not as easy to identify, however the immobiliser Pin outs are available to find on the Rhinoco website! I know AVS claim to be 100 Kiwi but you would be a fool to think that this is anything other then marketing bullshit.
How Easy is the AVS to hide?
The AVS case is what I would describe as a Medium, It is certainly much bigger than the Cobra 8509 (Which is about as good as it gets!) or the Autowatch 446 range, but then It is smaller then The Mongoose M80 or Uniden VS2600XR. Personally I find the size of the AVS can limit how good the installation can be which as a installer (who actually cares) can be frustrating!
Very disappointing, as an immobiliser the AVS is far to easy to defeat! It could certainly be improved if the case was glued up (see the Dynatron Immobiliser blog), or made a bit smaller.
Obsessive Rating: Don’t get one!
Attack time to open is under 10 seconds!